Law center wants AG to probe sale of Farmington school to Muslims

JUNE 19, 2012 AT 5:02 PM

Law center wants AG to probe sale of Farmington school to Muslims

  • By Oralandar Brand-Williams
  • The Detroit News

Detroit—The Thomas More Law Center is urging Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette Tuesday to investigate “allegations of corruption” involving the sale of a Farmington Hills elementary school to a Muslim group.

Richard Thompson, the president and chief counsel of Thomas More Law Center, based in Ann Arbor, said Tuesday that he has asked Schuette to investigate the 2011 sale of Eagle Elementary School, located on 14 Mile and Middlebelt Roads, to the Islamic Cultural Association.

Thompson alleges that the Farmington Public School district rebuffed other potential buyers for the school and favored the Islamic Cultural Association instead which, according to Thompson, is connected to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which Thompson alleges has “financial ties” to terrorist groups.

The decision to sell the school to the Islamic Cultural Association drew protests and demonstrations in the area surrounding the sale of the school.

“By agreeing to sell Eagle Elementary to the ICA under these suspicious circumstances, Farmington Schools sacrificed the interest of their children and taxpayers to bring into their community an organization with ties to terrorist organizations,” said Thompson in a press release Tuesday. Efforts to reach the Islamic Cultural Association were not successful. A spokeswoman for the Farmington Public Schools has not commented on the claims.

Joy Yearout, a spokeswoman for Schuette, confirmed his office has received the letter but “we have no further comment at this time.”

Meanwhile the head of the local office of CAIR condemned the allegations by the law center.

“These shenanigans are nothing but a means to intimidate and harass the Muslim community and fellow Americans who accept that we have the right to full participation in civil society,” said Dawud Walid, the executive director of CAIR-Michigan. “Though CAIR-MI has no formal written contract with ICA, we are proud to stand up for the constitutional rights of this center and others, which has always been our practice.”

Walid added “the McCarthy era tactic of smearing groups through guilt by association to convict people in the court of public opinion is a common tactic used by the Islamophobia network, which the Thomas More Law Center is a part of.”

Anti-Muslim missionaries provoke at Arab-American festival

I was a witness to the return of rowdy Christian missionaries at the Arab-American Festival inn Dearborn this past Friday.  Instead of them being on a mission to save souls, it was evident that they were on a mission to provoke hatred.

One Christian male was holding a stick with a pig’s head (yes, a real pig’s head) on top to taught Muslims.  Another was holding up a sign saying Muhammad is a pervert.  Obviously, these were used not to call people to Jesus (Peace be upon him) but to arouse anger.  No one can call people to any ideology by insulting them.

The vast majority of people simply ignored them.  The provocateurs, however, were able to rile up some teenagers, some who threw water and frisbees while yelling at them.  The behavior of the unsupervised youth is a whole other topic; I’m sure the missionaries were banking on such reactions to record and post on YouTube.

Did those people have the Freedom of Speech to insult as they did?  YES.  Was it in accordance with the teachings of Jesus (Peace be upon him)? NO.  Should Christians rebuke their fellows for un-Christlike behavior?.  YES.

Those protesters exercised their constitutional rights to insult the Muslim community while seeing some Muslim males who were unfortunately intoxicated and seeing Muslim females showing cleavage and wearing tight shorts.  If they had any integrity, they should at least be honest to say that there is ISLAMIC LAW governing Dearborn.

They are liars with an agenda, and those who lack faith use falsehood to project their designs.  Shame on them!

FBI investigating fire, anti-Arab graffiti near Dearborn mosque

FBI investigating fire, anti-Arab graffiti near Dearborn mosque

8:14 AM, June 13, 2012

By Tammy Stables Battaglia

Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

The FBI is investigating a fire and graffiti found Tuesday on an event center associated with a Dearborn mosque.

The fire broke out at about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday in a storage building at the Dearborn Woods Community Center, Dearborn Police Corporal Mark Gorbe said.

Someone had also spray-painted graffiti on the 20-by-20-foot building, which sits less than 20 feet from the American Muslim Center on Pelham at Outer Drive, Gorbe added.

“That thing was going pretty darn good when we got there,” he said. “It could have easily spread.”

FBI Detroit spokesman Simon Shaykhet today said the FBI is trying to determine whether the fire and graffiti constitute a hate crime.

Local members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on the FBI to investigate because the graffiti included a reference to “Arabs,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, who believes the fire was intentionally set.

“If a bias motive is revealed in this case, the FBI should add its
resources to those of local law enforcement authorities to help bring
the perpetrators to justice,” said Walid. He said there have been a number of similar incidents targeting mosques nationwide.

“I think there’s a bigger issue we have to deal with in our country, in relation to anti-Muslim, anti-Arab disccusion that takes place,” Walid said today. “Islamaphobia, in my opinion has become somewhat of an accepted form of bigotry in our country. Even if it was children, they were influenced by that discussion.”